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Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5320180 01/11/20 07:35 PM
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Not sure if they are still making this model but I've had many years and miles of success with my Thule T2


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Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5323902 01/15/20 09:06 PM
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Bike geometry has changed a lot in recent years, so those old school racks where the bike hangs by the frame don't work very well anymore. That's why the "tray style" racks that carry the bikes by the wheels have become popular. Of course, they're also much more expensive.

This is what I'm using. It's very sturdy and can carry pretty much any kind of bike from a skinny tire road bike up to a big fat tire bike. The swing away feature is a huge plus too. I didn't pay this price for it though, REI had them on sale at a pretty big discount when I got it.

https://www.rei.com/product/116601/rocky-mounts-backstage-swing-away-platform-2-bike-hitch-rack


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Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5324952 01/17/20 06:15 AM
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My Thule T2 has been on the back of my truck so long, I'm disassembling it to have it powdercoated. Works great, looks terrible. My wife was after me to replace it. It will look brand new for 120 bucks.

Re: Bike racks [Re: NYEngineer] #5324996 01/17/20 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by NYEngineer
My Thule T2 has been on the back of my truck so long, I'm disassembling it to have it powdercoated. Works great, looks terrible. My wife was after me to replace it. It will look brand new for 120 bucks.

I think that is what I paid for my Swagman something-or-another 2 bit setup (the sort that goes into the hitch). I left it on the car in one rain and it did start getting some rust; now I take it off when not in use. It's just one bolt after all. Toss into trunk when not using.


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Re: Bike racks [Re: supton] #5325227 01/17/20 11:27 AM
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My Thule T2 has been on the back of my truck so long, I'm disassembling it to have it powdercoated. Works great, looks terrible. My wife was after me to replace it. It will look brand new for 120 bucks.

I think that is what I paid for my Swagman something-or-another 2 bit setup (the sort that goes into the hitch). I left it on the car in one rain and it did start getting some rust; now I take it off when not in use. It's just one bolt after all. Toss into trunk when not using.


This thing is huge. The only place I really have for it right now is on the back of the truck. It was expensive enough to justify having it refreshed.

Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5329526 01/22/20 12:50 PM
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I have a Thule car-top rack. I won't put my $4k bike on the back of the car where someone can rear-end me. My current setup for the Sierra is a 2x6 board with three fork mounts bolted onto it. Now my bike(s) fit right in the bed, under the cap. Out of sight and out of the weather.

https://www.amazon.com/Saris-Unique...hy=9051644&hvtargid=pla-493718985313


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Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5330559 01/23/20 06:24 PM
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Good car and homeowners insurance will usually take care of wrecked stuff,,,imho


I'd still like to have my 67 Beetle back....life was easy then..imho 2 quarts of oil roughly ,lol
Re: Bike racks [Re: dadto2] #5333227 01/26/20 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by dadto2
I have a Thule car-top rack. I won't put my $4k bike on the back of the car where someone can rear-end me. My current setup for the Sierra is a 2x6 board with three fork mounts bolted onto it. Now my bike(s) fit right in the bed, under the cap. Out of sight and out of the weather.

https://www.amazon.com/Saris-Unique...hy=9051644&hvtargid=pla-493718985313


Roof mounts isn't perfect either.

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Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5345725 02/09/20 10:00 PM
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I use a 2 bike Thule that I found at a second hand store. Has a bolt instead of a hitch pin, 2" mount. Also have an older 1.25" 3 bike clamp style rack, but no hitch receiver to use it with currently. Looking into an Allen 5 bike rack from Amazon.

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